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Head tax payer harboured no resentment to Canada

posted Jul 18, 2011, 10:43 PM by Milorad Borota
PHILIP FINE From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jul. 14, 2011 6:35PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Jul. 14, 2011 6:44PM EDT
Harry Louie’s father, Yee Pang, saw little of him growing up and, years later, Harry missed seeing his own children grow up.

Both were subject to a Canadian immigration policy that, until the late 1940s, made it impossible for Chinese families to reunite in Canada and, before that, discouraged Chinese men from settling in this country by charging them an onerous amount of money to stay. Louie and his father both paid the notorious head tax levied during the end of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th.

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